Episode 20 Fear Street First Date is up!

Once again, Surge and Anna return to discuss the next installment of the Fear Street series. Here, we talk about Fear Street 16: First Date.

To be honest, it wasn’t our favorite book of all time, but at least it wasn’t our least favorite. The first date wasn’t what really stood out to us. Well, that’s kind of a lie, that first date was hilarious. But what really stood out was Chelsea’s storyline of moving into a new town and being the new kid in school. Both of us moved around as kids, so we felt Chelsea’s pain of trying to make new friends and feeling like we didn’t fit in. It’s a horrible feeling that you don’t need to move to Fear Street to feel. Of course, moving to a street that kids avoid (but are oddly drawn to) doesn’t help matters.

Listen to our review of Fear Street 16: First Date here!

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Episode 8 is now up!

Going into the recording session, Surge hadn’t quite figured out how he felt about Fear Street: Haunted. In fact, immediately after finishing the book, he ran downstairs and said something along the lines of “let’s record, I need to figure this out”. Anna was in the middle of the season 3 finale of Black Mirror but hey, you record when you have to.

What can be said about the book without spoiling too much? Well, we can say that our predictions were off. We can also say that numerology still seems to play a large role in the Fear Street books, if you know Mandarin and German. RL Stine, we’re on to you.

What can we say with tons of spoilers?  HOLY SHIT THERE’S A REAL GHOST ON FEAR STREET! This is what we’ve been waiting for!! Yeah.

What the main point of Haunted was though? Income and class disparity in Shadyside. We saw that a bit in Fear Street: The Sleepalker, with Mayra having to earn money to help the family out. But it’s clear as day here. Melissa comes from a very well to do family: both her parents are lawyers, she lives in a Victorian mansion, she gets a car for her birthday, and her family has a live in maid. Part of this book also takes place in the “poor” part of town, or the Old Village. RL Stine goes out of his way to describe the shabbiness of this part of town. The yards are more overgrown and smaller. The houses are falling apart. We enter Paul’s house and the contrast could not be more stark. Whereas Melissa has everything she could ever want in her room, Paul has a utilitarian room. A bed, a light, a counter built in to the wall, and a trashcan. Paul has grown up in an environment where he doesn’t always get what he wants, and he can see that there are people on the other side of town who don’t struggle the same way. And this rage boils within him and causes him to do some pretty awful things. But the thing is, the “rich” in the book doesn’t necessarily come off much better. Melissa’s friend makes fun of a less well to do girl in the mall who “dares” to be poor. However, because her dad grew up in poverty, he instilled values in Melissa to make sure it never went to her head. So Melissa stands up to her friend and lectures her about what she is saying. The thing is, the friend  didn’t really care despite Melissa’s best efforts.

RL Stine could be writing horror shlock to sell more books, but he chose to write about something more. This isn’t a book about being haunted by something. It’s a book about how much the environment we grow up in shapes and affects us. And even more importantly, how much we let it shape us.  Income inequality is an important topic, and for it to be a issue in a Fear Street book was a big deal.

Before our discussion on Fear Street:Haunted, Anna reviews We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. A new YA book that was recommended by booktuber ProblemsOfABookNerd.

Without further ado, check out Episode 08 – Fear Street 7: Haunted on Spreaker.

Episode 7 now out!

In the latest installment of the Fear Street series, The Sleepwalker, we see Mayra sleepwalking down to Fear Lake. It’s actually kind of terrifying if you think about it. Even the most relaxed person likes to have a semblance of control over their life. To have a sleepwalking problem is basically having no conscious control over what you are doing. Mayra almost drowns in Fear Lake in her sleep. Terrifying.

Surge and Anna do make light of it at times, but seriously, if you have this problem, go get a sleep study done. We also come off pretty judgey about how her mom handles it. Which, hey, we’re not parents. Maybe it’s not fair for us to do that. Props to her mom for trying her best.

On a lighter note, we did struggle in figuring out how to pronounce Mayra. We couldn’t decide if it was like “Myra” or maybe “May-ra”, so we just went all out and found a different perhaps unique way. It actually sounds pretty cool, but you need to listen to find out how.

Anna also reviewed The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker at the start. It’s a stellar book about friendship and unbreakable bonds that people should definitely check out. For a longer review you have to listen to the episode!

On that note, listen to Episode 07 – Fear Street 6: The Sleepwalker on Spreaker.

Episode 4 Youtube is now up!

The Youtube version of episode 4 is up! Please check it out!
You may notice that it was uploaded over a week ago, our bad for not letting you guys know earlier.

We do prefer the youtube version of this episode over the spreaker one for a simple reason, we may have had an equipment mishap during recording so the wrong mic was used for recording. The visuals truly help tie the episode together.  Another bonus with having visuals? You can see how to check for someones vitals in an emergency situation with visuals. Obviously, a Red Cross or American Heart Association class would be advised as well.

It was a fun book and as outdoors people, we definitely dug it.

Anna also reviewed Sarah Kuhn’s book Heroine Complex. Anna has wanted to branch out into reading more Asian-American authored/featured books so this was on the top of her list courtesy of Drunk Monk Podcast.  There’s a story within the book that is completely relatable to any Asian American who has brought their favorite “native” food to school. The book also made us check the movie Heroic Trio out from the library and we look forward to watching that.

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Fifth episode out!

Sorry for the extreme delay and the lack of posting. Our fifth episode is finally out! Anna didn’t take her editing tools with her when she was out of town and now has to deal with the backlog of work here. There is still the youtube video for episode 4 that needs to get made. Much apologies to all our subscribers.

We got around to reviewing Fear Street 4: Missing. This is both Anna and Surge’s favorite Fear Street book. It has a premise we can all relate to and then twists and turns not even the most acute eye could catch. Seriously, the mental whiplash this book puts you through is insane.

The book also is full of material for the giant conspiracy that we here at RetRead are trying to uncover. Is the evil corporation that has been brought up by us actually Cranford Corp? Those glowing rhinestone eyes in the monkey skull…could that be what they are mining? So many dots to connect, so little time.

Before this, we got a chance to review Last Machine in the Solar System by Matthew Isaac Sobin. This is a highly recommended book by both Anna and Surge. If you are a fan of Isaac Asimov, you need to read this.

Listen to “Episode 05 – Fear Street 4: Missing” on Spreaker.

 

Episode 3 Youtube up!

We know it’s taken forever, but the Youtube version of Episode 3: Fear Street 2 The Surprise Party  is finally up! Our Youtube version has visuals that go along with everything we’re talking about, so if you want to see what we’re seeing in our head as we speak, check it out!

Episode 3 was a tough episode to edit. We started with an hour and a half worth of content, but sadly had to cut it down to only 40 minutes.  There are definitely some general Fear Street topics we see that need to be discussed, so we’re going to have some randocasts about that. It might sound a bit choppy because of that, we hope the visuals help you understand our thought processes.

Third episode out!

Our third episode is finally out! We spend a bit of time talking about Fear Street The Surprise Party by RL Stine. What really struck us was how great a heroine Meg was, she stuck to her guns and saved the day. Really a 180 from Cory. Speaking of Cory, despite Surge’s predictions, Cory, Lisa, Dave, and Arnie all appeared in this book. Not Anna, she’s still dead. Podcasting Anna got to gloat about how right she was that Cory and Lisa were doomed from the start. But that’s ok, Surge was able to enjoy the murder mystery of this book.

Anna also gives a review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories, a collection of short stories edited by Ellen Oh. There was one story in the book that Anna didn’t think belonged as part of the anthology. We get into it in the episode.

Listen to “Episode 03 – Fear Street 2: The Surprise Party” on Spreaker.

 

 

Check out Episode 2 on Youtube!

The video for episode 2 is now up on Youtube. You might have heard us talk about The New Girl via audio, but do you want to hear us talk about it with visuals? No need to wait here it is, our second episode on Youtube.  Sometimes it’s nice to see what people are talking about when they’re talking about it. After all, it lets you get to know us a little more. We’re really proud of what we’ve done so far, and we hope you’ll give us a lsiten and watch.

Thanks!

PS: Cory and Lisa guys, Cory and Lisa.

Second episode up

Our second episode of RetRead Podcast is now up! We got together to discuss RL Stine’s The New Girl, the first book in the Fear Street series. To be honest, we didn’t know if there’d be much to talk about. As it turns out, we ended up discussing (or arguing) for almost an hour and a half. A good half hour of it was actually just the two of us debating the (im)possibilities of the Cory/Lisa relationship. Surge is a huge fan of the “girl next door” trope, while Anna is more of a realist. It got pretty heated. We did end up cutting a bit of it since you guys probably aren’t too interested in 2 people yelling at each other for 30 minutes. We are actually still arguing about it 4 days later. Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Before we got into The New Girl, Anna reviewed Point of No Return by Martha Gellhorn and Night Shift by Stephen King.

Thanks for reading, give us a listen.

Listen to “Episode 02 – Fear Street 1: The New Girl” on Spreaker.